Several reports have raised the possibility of former Arsenal midfielder Alex song returning to the Emirates Stadium this summer or making a move to the Gunners’ Premier League rivals, Manchester United.
His physical attributes suggest he could be the dominant midfield player to protect the back four of either side but the stats suggest that he’s declined in several areas since leaving Arsenal in the summer of 2012, which questions why the Gunners, or United, should accept a lesser player than the one who left the English game.
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Song hasn’t produced a single goal assist in Barcelona colours.
He left Arsenal at the end of the 2011/2012 season, as Arsenal’s leading assists provider, which suggested that he was the perfect sort of player for Barcelona.
The fact he’s not registered a single assist for the Spanish club can be explained through the fact he’s played in more of a withdrawn role but it’s no less shocking.
Song has scored as many goals in the last two season for Barcelona as he did in his final Premier League season for the Gunners.
Goals have never been a predominant aspect of his game so it may sound like a naive area to criticise, but considering the amount of pressure and dominance that Barcelona have in many games, you’d expect him to have scored more than one goal in the last two seasons.
Shots on Target
He’s managed just five efforts on target in the last two seasons for Barcelona which is the same number as in his final Premier League season with Arsenal.
It’s another area he doesn’t seem to have made much progress in and despite his limited appearances, another area you’d expect him to be performing better considering the pressure Barca can build during games.
He’s picked up nine yellow cards over the last two seasons with Barcelona, which is fewer than the ten he received in his final Premier League season.
However, he played more games in that final Premier League season meaning his games to yellow card ratio since he joined Barcelona has been worse in each individual season he’s spent with the Spanish club.